Bug 93556 - Implement Matrix protocol support
Summary: Implement Matrix protocol support
Alias: None
Product: Telepathy
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Telepathy bugs list
QA Contact: Telepathy bugs list
Depends on: 23844
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Reported: 2016-01-01 23:30 UTC by Matthew Hodgson
Modified: 2019-12-09 11:22 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Matthew Hodgson 2016-01-01 23:30:51 UTC
Matrix (Matrix.org) is a relatively new HTTP-based open standard for decentralised group chat, VoIP, and freeform data pubsub with eventually consistent persistance semantics.  The idea is to provide a very simple HTTP API to decentralise conversation data without any single server or service provider having a single point of control, whilst providing all the latest and greatest features you'd expect from a modern chat service like Slack, etc.  Matrix also provides a wide range of bridges serverside for federating together existing services (IRC, Slack, Lync, XMPP etc) in a decentralised manner.  The masterplan is to provide an open fabric for modern interoperable comms on the 'net with full decentralisation.

We implemented an experimental libpurple backend for Matrix (https://github.com/matrix-org/purple-matrix), but we just got a bug report from a telepathy user that it doesn't work via telepathy-haze, as haze assumes that all conversations are 1:1 whereas all conversations in Matrix are group chats (even if they only have 2 participants): https://github.com/matrix-org/purple-matrix/issues/1.

We don't have bandwidth to write a dedicated telepathy backend now (or fix haze), so I'm filing this bug in case someone in the telepathy community might be interested in playing with a fun new protocol and contributing one.  Writing clients should be incredibly straightforward; the Matrix client-server API (in its simplest form) is just a REST API with long-polling to receive messages.

Comment 1 Matthew Hodgson 2016-02-07 21:31:16 UTC
Lots of chat about this at FOSDEM in the Telepathy session. Meanwhile, it turns out that a project already exists with the intention of evolving into a full Telepathy backend: https://github.com/gergelypolonkai/matrix-glib-sdk
Comment 2 diane 2016-02-18 05:42:47 UTC
Both XMPP Message Archive Management support and Matrix support will need a good Telepathy Spec API for dealing with history.

Both use cases should be considered.

See also https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=90838
Comment 3 GitLab Migration User 2019-12-09 11:22:56 UTC
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